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THE CHARRETTE: thursday & friday

The Blackwell School Alliance and its partners will host a multi-day community engagement event in April. With the completion of a Historic Structures Report and the addition of the school to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019, the Alliance is looking to engage deeper with the multiple perspectives of former students, and wider with stakeholders interested in heritage tourism, archiving of historic materials, and the creation of a fully functional museum and visitor center.

The Community Charrette will be held April 23-24, 2020, with multiple sessions being held at different venues around Marfa. Topics of discussion will include architecture, museum opportunities, neighborhood impacts, tourism, and the historical context and significance of the Blackwell School.


Unlike a conference or a workshop, a charrette is a type of public meeting that provides methods and opportunities for input from the participants and the goal of collaboration to arrive at decisions. 


The Blackwell Community Charrette will take place Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, followed by the annual Blackwell Block Party on Saturday, April 25. All the events are free and open to the public.

Charrette schedule coming soon. 

What's a Charrette?

We're glad you asked.

*Charrette [ shuh-ret ] A series of meetings that brings together citizens, subject matter experts, and decision makers to create a vision for development. A Charrette provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to planners. Participants work together to identify issues and conflicts, brainstorm solutions, and determine detailed and realistic goals for the future. What makes a Charrette different from a workshop or conference is the emphasis on interactive conversations, collaborative outcomes, and the value of each participant’s perspective.


The Blackwell Block Party and Community Charrette receive generous grants from the City of Marfa, private foundations, local businesses, and individuals near and far.


We also need volunteers to help prepare for the event and to help out on the day. Lots of different tasks are needed. Could this be you? SIGN UP NOW!


Say hello to DANIEL!

Daniel Hernandez and Frontera Public Relations are leading the planning for the Charrette.


to learn more, get on our mailing list for updates, and share your opinion. 

The Blackwell School is located at 501 South Abbott Street, at the corner of Waco Street, in south Marfa. From the 4-way stop, go two blocks west and three blocks south. 

THE PARTY: saturday

The Blackwell School Alliance hosts the Block Party as part of our mission to serve the Marfa community through culture, history, and education. 

The Block Party is a free, family friendly event serving multiple generations and people of all backgrounds through art, dance, music, stories, and food. The Party is held on the grounds of the Blackwell School and Blackwell Park in south Marfa. 

2020 Schedule coming soon.

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Thursday, April 23 / Friday, April 24 / Saturday, April 25, 2020



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